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The Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Unveiled on 26th Street
A great number of Oaklanders have long felt a strong bond with the people of Palestine. Solidarity from Oakland residents has been displayed repeatedly over the years, in words and deeds. On August 10, a massive new mural on 26th street, in between Telegraph and Broadway, was officially unveiled and celebrated with a street party that drew hundreds of attendees. This new mural cements the bond between Oakland and Palestine in an inescapable and visually stunning way. Appropriately, the word "JUSTICE" runs across the entire mural in giant block letters.
(photo: Furthest right panel of the mural, by Susan Greene)
The solidarity mural is a collaborative project of the Estria Foundation, Art Forces, and NorCal Friends of Sabeel and was created over a period of three weeks by a dozen local artists. The wall which the piece fills is 157 feet long and 22 feet tall.
The twelve participating artists come from a wide array of backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures. They include Dina Matar, who is participating virtually (Gaza); IROT (Native American); VYAL (Chicano-Native American); Deadeyes (African American); Erin Yoshi (Japanese American); Susan Greene (Jewish American); Emory Douglas (African American); Nidal El Khairy (Palestinian); Chris Gazaleh (Palestinian American); SPIE (Asian American); Fred Alvarado (Latino American); Miguel Bounce Perez (Chicano-Pacific Islander American).
The mural is on the back wall of the long-time California Department of General Services Oakland State Garage building, recently converted to a commercial auto dealership, across from the Humanist Hall on 27th street.
If you are in the area, take the time to check it out!
For more information about the mural, see:
Electronic Intifada: Oakland unveils mural in solidarity with Palestine
Oakland Wiki: Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural
Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Unveiling announcement
Click on the image to see it full size.
Note that stitching these photographs together into a single photo required skewing the original individual photographs to square them in order to compensate for the perspective of shooting them from street level at the bottom of such a huge mural. In short, this is to explain that the panorama here is not a fully true representation of the artwork and why lines and shapes that should be straight appear curved throughout.
Click on individual panels to see larger versions and admire details more closely.